Ecolean, a supplier of lightweight packaging solutions, has introduced two new aseptic filling machines for aseptic portion- and family-sized packages.

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Image: Ecolean aseptic filling machine EL3+. Photo: courtesy of Ecolean AB.

The new compact and efficient filling machines, EL6 and EL3+, are designed to produce lighter, flexible packaging solutions, Ecolean said.

Featuring higher capacities, the EL6 and EL3+ have reduced impact on the environment and competitive operational costs.

Ecolean filling lines director Christian Olsson said: “When launching these higher capacity machines for ambient distribution, we put a lot of effort into lowering the cost per pack for our customers.

“It makes a difference, not only on offering an even more competitive Total Cost of Ownership, but also on reducing the environmental impact further. We can now offer an easier machine to operate with higher capacity for our customers, all within the same footprint.”

Equipped with six fillers, the EL6 machine has filling capacity of 18,000 portion-sized packages per hour.

The machine uses up to 30% less air, water and energy during both production and cleaning for use with Ecolean Air Aseptic 125ml, 200ml, 250ml and 350ml and Ecolean Air Aseptic Clear 200ml and 250ml packages,

Additionally, the filling line can be integrated with equipment including a CIP unit, a straw applicator, a package buffer unit and a package conditioning unit as well as easy configuration to secondary packaging solutions.

Capable of filling up to 7,500 family-sized packages per hour, the EL3+ machine has 25% increased capacity compared to the EL3 machine.

The machine, for use with Ecolean Air Aseptic 500ml, 750ml and 1,000ml packages, also uses less air and energy during production and up to 50% less water during the cleaning cycle, Ecolean said.

Additionally, the machine can be equipped with an updated control system with moveable HMI screen together with a simplified outfeed which allow placing of packages directly on a downstream conveyor to increase capacity and machine performance.

The machines can also be integrated with a CIP unit, an integrated packer and a SnapQuick applicator.

Olsson added: “With higher capacities within the same footprint, advanced technology yet easy operations, Ecolean offers a lighter solution.”